Of the five major approaches to qualitative research (case studies, narrative, phenomenology, grounded theory, and ethnography), I am thinking of using the ethnography approach. If I do use this approach, what would be the next best choice for research questions such as whether being a fire-fighter is stressful? Why is this the case? What are the reasons contributing to the stress? Is it the firefighters' personality or the nature of the job? Is stress of the job higher in others and less in some? How do they cope and manage? These are perhaps some question I am considering. So if I use the ethnography approach with these questions, what would be the next best approach to choose and between the two approaches which is the best fit.
Hi and thank you for using BrainMass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, I see that you are asking for guidance in a particular study on the topic of firefighter stress. I am supposing that you are to submit a paper on the topic, utilizing ethnography. If this is the case, I suggest using this simple outline:
1. Introduction - what will your study be about? 100 words
2. about your approach (ethnography) - 100 words
3. Your hypothesis, main questions - 100 words
4. Your study design - 100 words
5. Approach 2 (I suggest grounded theory) - 100 words
6. Your choice - 100 words
This outline should yield 600 words, around 2 pages, which should cover what you need. I have written a 'basics of ethnography' book to help students with this particular type of research and to help you out further, I have included in your solution below excerpts from it. You can use the listed resources to further explore the topic.
Ethnography Study Proposal: Firefighting & Stress
Firefighting is a difficult job. The men and women who take it up as a career spend their working lives literally fighting fires, extinguishing it and preventing its spread to avoid loss of life, destruction of communities and properties as well as the environment. In such settings, the firefighters face the real danger of themselves being engulfed in flames as they risk their own in completion of their duty. It is thus no surprise that fire fighting ranks as the second ...
The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task of putting together a paper on firefighting as it leads to or relates to stress. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.